1929 Westlake exposition
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
Name1929 Westlake exposition
CountryRepublic of China
CityXihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province
OpeningJune 6, 1929
ClosureOctober 10, 1929

The 1929 Westlake exposition (Chinese: 1929年杭州西湖博覽會) was a world's fair held in Xihu District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, Republic of China in 1929. The event opened on June 6, 1929, lasting 137 days.[1][2] There were 14,760,000 items in the exhibit with 20,000,000 visitors.[1] It was the only national exposition during the Republic of China. The exposition grew out of the social and economic flourish of the time, meanwhile, foster the further development of native industry and many other fields.

Main architect and designer

The main architect/designer was Liu Jipiao (1900-1992). He studied art and architecture at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Liu dedicated 6 months of his life to organize and create the Expo. He and his cohorts (such as Lin Fengmian) believed that this would bring modern (western) art influences to the masses. They were hoping to strengthen and modernize China through art and culture.


The 1929 Westlake exposition was the only national exposition during the Republic of China. It resulted from the political, economic, and social development and needs of that area. In return, the 1929 Westlake exposition also promoted development in all three fields and left valuable cultural assets to the city. 


Many social scholars have analyzed the 1929 Westlake exposition, such as Qiao Zhaohong and Ai Xianfeng. Based on their assessments, the following three components are credited to the success of the 1929 Westlake exposition.

West Lake Exposition Museum

West Lake Expo Museum
West Lake Expo Museum

West Lake Exposition Museum is located at 41-42 Beishan Road, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China.[6]

The building was the Industrial Hall and the only professional Hall of the 1929 West Lake Expo and was converted into a museum in 2003.[6] It was designed by Sheng Chengyan and Sun Bingzhang.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b China.com.cn. "China.com.cn." 杭州西湖博覽會博物館. Retrieved on 2010-05-08.
  2. ^ "The West Lake International Expo Hangzhou, China". Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  3. ^ a b Ai, Xianfeng (July 2009). "Review of 1929 Westlake Exposition". Journal of Huazhong Normal University (Humanities and Social Sciences). 48: 84–89.
  4. ^ a b c Ni, Kan (August 2020). "Proper Time,Correct Place,Harmony——Inspirations of the West Lake Exposition Successfully Held in 1929". Zhejiang Social Science. 8: 93–96.
  5. ^ Qiao, Zhaohong (2003). "1929 Hangzhou Westlake Exposition". Guangxisocial Science. 3: 157–160.
  6. ^ a b c "West Lake Expo Museum". wgly.hangzhou.gov.cn. Retrieved 2022-01-20.